Ukrainian Honor Student’s Slutty Graduation Dress Causes Second Chernobyl

The Russian-speaking internet has been all hot and bothered these past few days by a story that perfectly encapsulates the problems plaguing the former Soviet Union. No, I’m not talking about sex trafficking, high unemployment rates, or inequality between the sexes. I’m talking about a 17-year-old’s graduation dress.

According to Animal New York, 17-year-old honor student Anastasia Fomenko set that whole region of the world on fire when she wore a sheer, underwear-revealing dress and thigh-highs—an ensemble similar to one previously worn by Lady Gaga—to her high school graduation ceremony. This prompted many gasps of shock, as well as numerous news stories like this one:

They might be speaking Russian here, but I can totally tell what they’re saying. Alarmist news stories are universal.

Was this dress appropriate for a graduation ceremony? Obviously not! But with a young Ukrainian’s career prospects being what they are (i.e. even worse than a young American’s), this was potentially a pretty savvy move. One must use what one has to get ahead, and there are murmurings that Anastasia has already been offered a modeling contract. A depressingly large number of women in her country have entered the sex trade not because it appeals to them, but because it’s their only option for survival, so maybe she was trying to avoid that fate. Or maybe she just wanted attention, like a non-high school dropout version of Courtney Stodden. Who knows?

In any case, everyone should calm down. Kids wear all sorts of dumb shit in high school. When I accepted my award for valedictorian, I’m pretty sure I was wearing a low-cut  spiderweb-print tank top, some sort of short black pleated skirt, platform Mary Janes, and red and black argyle knee socks. And you know what? I turned out okay. They really should institute some sort of motivational “get good grades, wear whatever you want” program in schools.

I’m also struck by how different Anastasia looks in that outfit than Lady Gaga. She looks…less than classy, while Gaga manages to look kind of weird and artsy. It just goes to show you how far a person’s styling, identity, and general look can go towards shaping our perception of an outfit.

(Via Animal New York)

Photo: Animal NY

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    • murmt

      “In any case, everyone should calm down.” – The funny thing is, pretty much everyone in this news story says the same thing.
      Minister of Education, when asked about it, said that the girl is just trying to show off to other teenagers and he is absolutely not alarmed about it.
      A member of National Commission for the Protection of Public Morality (that’s a thing over there, apparently) said that it is not really the only case of a too revealing dress neither this nor last year, and that every girl should discuss this kind of fashion choice privately at home with her parents. In his opinion kids are highly influenced by the stories and images on the Internet but it doesn’t mean that it should be censored or limited in any way.
      The girl’s mother (who is a teacher at the same school) says that she is proud of her daughter, that they have chosen this dress model together and she sees absolutely nothing wrong with it.
      The girl herself explains that this wasn’t meant to be any kind of provocation, she simply liked the design and that it was the way to show her artsy side. But probably there is some truth in her wanting to get famous, just maybe not in the fashion world – she works at a radio station and at a magazine and wants to study journalism. Now because of this scandal she has quite a few invitations to various lifestyle and talk shows. Looks like a girl who knows how to use media’s attention :)

    • Jamie Peck

      Thanks for the translation! I only had second-hand English reports to go on.

      • pat

        the article title shows a complete lack of class. honestly, how could you possibly think it is appropriate take make jokes about such a huge tragedy. are you really not smart enough to think of a better title? whatever, its not like anyone reads your crappy articles anyway. get a life

    • Lisa

      “I’m also struck by how different Anastasia looks in that outfit than Lady Gaga. She looks…less than classy, while Gaga manages to look kind of weird and artsy.”

      Actually… they look pretty similar to me. I guess that for me Lady Gaga still has some shock value, in that her wearing an outfit on the red carpet doesn’t make me think, automatically, that it is red carpet worthy.

    • M -

      First of all, using the term ‘slutty’? Really? What happened to the Gloss’ general stance, supposedly, on women being sexually liberated and not deserving these types of comments for their sartorial choices. Furthermore, while obviously I do admit that the former Soviet countries have their problems, describing them in such a dismissive, superior manner just solidifies the contempt European countries feel for the American mindset.

      • M -

        Also, the title is horribly insensitive. Had you ever been to Ukraine and talked with the people who continue to lose most of their relatives to cancer, I doubt you’d trivialise it in such a fashion.

    • RAR

      I agree that the title to this story is completely out of line. I don’t know if I’ve read an article on this website before, but I won’t be coming back.

    • Sonya

      do you really find this kind of joke funny, author? I mean the title.
      like, hilarious jokes about 9/11 or, let’s take fresh example – colorado shooting?

    • woo

      I was wearing no shoes and a white petticoat dress without a bra on staged to accept my graduation/school award. I was top of my year! BAM!

    • Edward de Fillip

      Actually, Lady Gaga comes on as contrived, trite and a parody of herself. Her time was over years ago. Anastasia has more balls.